Reviews: Research methodology

18 reviews found for "Research methodology"
Book review : A student's guide to methodology
This is a book review of A student's guide to methodology by Peter Clough, Cathy Nutbrown, published by Sage in 2007, ISBN 9781412929134. It was reviewed by Dr. Julie Anderson of ESCalate at the University of Bristol. It is divided into three main sections. Each contain between two and four chapters. Within each of these there are suggestions for activities, useful chapter summaries of the key points and suggestions for further readings. Part 1...
Book review : Action research in the classroom
This is a book review of Action research in the classroom by Vivienne Baumfield, Elaine Hall, and Kate Wall, published by Sage Publications in 2008, ISBN 9781412930406. It was reviewed by Andy Reynolds of Swansea Metropolitan University for ESCalate. The seven sections of the book guide the reader through the action research journey: Creating and Translating Knowledge about Teaching and Learning, Deciding on a Research Question and Choosing...
Book review : Becoming a reflexive researcher : using our selves in research
This book is underpinned by a ‘study of researchers who value the use of reflexivity’, many of whom are studying (or have studied) for Master’s or PhD degrees in Counselling at the University of Bristol. Kim includes her own story and her ‘personal responses’ to the stories of others. She has achieved her aim of the book being readable and giving insight into the processes of doing research through the lenses of the personal stories of...
Book review : Becoming a reflexive researcher : using our selves in research
This is a book review of Becoming a reflexive researcher: using our selves in research written by Kim Etherington and published by Jessica Kingsley in 2004, ISBN 9781843102595. It was reviewed by Jenny Hughes for ESCalate. The book is divided into four sections: Bringing theories alive, the Masters Stage of the Journey, the Doctoral Stages, and the Postdoctoral Stages. It is structured around the author’s own journey as a researcher, and the...
Book review : Doing action research : a guide for school support staff
This is a book review of Doing action research : a guide for school support staff, by Claire Taylor, Min Wilkie, Judith Baser, published by Paul Chapman Educational Publishing in 2006, ISBN 9781412912785. It was reviewed by Keith Savage of Stockport College on behalf of ESCalate. This book is very much a manual rather than a textbook. In six short chapters and less than 100 pages we are presented with a guide that should enable us to complete...
Book review : Key issues for education researchers
This is a book review of Key issues for education researchers by Diana Burton, Steve Bartlett, published by Sage in 2009, ISBN 9781847873583. It was reviewed by Mary McAteer on behalf of ESCalate. This book aims to introduce the reader to the nature of research and how it can be conducted. The book starts by mapping out the territory and context for educational research, discussing paradigms and perspectives, and significantly, ethical approaches...
Book review : Qualitative research in international settings
This is a book review of Qualitative research in international settings by David Stephens, published by Routledge in 2009, ISBN 9780415280587. It was reviewed by Christian Beighton of Canterbury Christ Church University on behalf of ESCalate. This book on qualitative research is an impressive introduction to this area of research and presents a range of informed, pertinent themes with clarity and style. There are three parts: the first section on...
Book review : Researching with children and young people : research design, methods and analysis
Book review : Researching with children and young people : research design, methods and analysis by Kay Tisdall et al., published by Sage in 2008, ISBN 9781412923897. It was reviewed by Margaret Simms of ProCEEd on behalf of ESCalate. At first glance this is a book of case studies; on closer inspection however the book is indeed the ‘collaborative creation’ to which the authors refer; collaboration that is, with one another and numerous...
Book review : Success with your education research project
This is a book review of Success with your education research project by John Sharp, published by Learning Matters in 2009, ISBN 9781844451333. It was reviewed by Christian Beighton of Canterbury Christ Church University on behalf of ESCalate. This book aims to provide a guide to research skills which is more accessible than existing ones. The target reader is on an initial teacher training programme or degree/foundation degree in education...
Book review : The authentic dissertation : alternative ways of knowing, research and representation
This is a book review of The authentic dissertation : alternative ways of knowing, research and representation by Four Arrows (AKA Don Trent Jacobs), published by Routledge in 2008, ISBN 9780415442237. It was reviewed by Alex Melrose of Stockport College on behalf of ESCalate. The book attempts to provide an alternative angle to writing dissertations in order to make them more meaningful and less formulaic, which is, in principal, a worthy idea....
Book review : The SAGE handbook of educational action research
This is a book review of The SAGE handbook of educational action research edited by Susan E Noffke and Bridget Somekh, published by Sage in 2009, ISBN 9781412947084. It was reviewed by Jonathan Tummons of the University of Teesside on behalf of ESCalate. The book is divided into sections, each of which has a core theme that then allows the authors of individual chapters to contribute in their own distinctive voices, from a variety of...
Book review : Trauma, drug misuse and transforming identities : a life story approach
This is a book review of Trauma, drug misuse and transforming identities : a life story approach by Kim Etherington, published by Jessica Kingsley in 2008, ISBN 9781843104933. It was reviewed by Ann Dalzell of the University of Bristol on behalf of ESCalate. Kim Etherington’s new book places the stories of eight people, at different points of their journey away from the identity of ‘drug-user’, at the heart of her provocative exposition of the...
Book Review: Learning to Read Critically in Teaching and Learning
This is the second book in the series of Learning to Read Critically. It is designed to support research-based teaching on masters and taught doctorate courses. The book is divided into three related sections in which students are shown how to critically review research literature alongside research reports that have been chosen as models of good practice upon which they can practice their critical reviewing skills
Book Review: Life History Research in Educational Settings: learning from lives
This is the eighth volume in an excellent series on aspects of qualitative research in educational settings. The books provide the background to, and rationale for, a particular method, and, perhaps more importantly, a critical examination of its value in reconceptualising research problems. In that way they are as much about methodology as about method, and serve as a timely reminder that the distinctive aspects of qualitative research concern...
Book Review: Qualitative Educational Research in Action: Doing and Reflecting
For a book concerned with research methods, this is a surprisingly good read. It consists of nine chapters by researchers who had used a qualitative strategy in their research plus a chapter that gives an editorial perspective. The researchers were all postgraduate students and the quality of their work is a testament to the excellence of their training. What is particularly valuable about these presentations is that each shows the interplay...
Book Review: Qualitative Research in Education: Interaction and Practice
If you are looking for a 'how to' text on qualitative research then you would be better advised to choose another book. While Freebody's book does give some guidance on the selection and application of method, it rests on foundations that are as much about an argument for a qualitative research paradigm. How far this reflects the Australian context in which the author works is not clear. What is apparent from this book (and Qualitative...
Book Review: Research Methods in Educational Leadership and Management
It must be said at the outset that the title of the book reflects its provenance rather than its content. Although the majority of contributors are, or have been, involved in the teaching of leadership and management, especially at the University of Leicester, its contents have relevance for all types of research in the field of education except perhaps for controlled experimental studies. The approaches covered included surveys and sampling...
Book Review: Using Mixed Methods: Frameworks for an Integrated Methodology
This book looks at working with mixed research methodology - perhaps the first true attempt the reviewer has come across. The author, David Plowright, proposes a model called FraIM (Frameworks for an Integrated Methodology). The book had a number of strengths, including being widely applicable and having useful diagrams and tables to conceptualise activities. But it was found to have a lack of engagement with theory. However, it is seen as a...